William and Kate. Love them or hate them, no one can deny that they seem to have cast a magical spell over the world. As I watched the morning news today, which announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is now in labor, I found even myself caught up in the excitement and anticipation of a new chapter in their life.
I grew up with William and Harry (via the media). As a child, I remember William and Harry coming to California, my home state, and stopping at Disneyland. A real prince at Disneyland! What more could feed a young girl’s imagination? If only I could get to Disneyland too! I thought. Then maybe William would see me and fall hopelessly in love and we’d live happily ever after. It was a fairy tale in the making.
But, like with most fairy tales, reality shattered the illusion. The divorce of Charles and Diana in the 1990s and subsequent death of Diana became a symbol of how messed up families can become. Like so many of my friends, William and Harry were living in a physically broken family. I wondered if there was any hope for them to thrive in the midst of the scandal, sadness, and sin.
And perhaps that’s why William and Kate have become such a fascination to the world. In a small way they symbolize hope. Hope that something good can come out of brokenness. Hope that we don’t have to follow in our parent’s footsteps. Hope that this next generation can rise above generational sin.
As a Christian, I believe that such hope is not foolish. When Christ enters the picture we can overcome generational sin. We can, with his help, build marriages that will last. We can be healed of the pain and brokenness in our lives.
I don’t know what is in store for William and Kate, but my prayers are with them as they start this new chapter.
Sarah Kirk works as a communications data coordinator for InterVarsity.
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